Avocado Chocolate Coconut Fudge

Avocado Chocolate Coconut Fudge
Avocado Chocolate Coconut Fudge
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Servings: 16 (2 inch squares)
Preparation Time: 1.5 hours

In small saucepan, add cocoa powder, coconut milk, sugar, and salt. Mix over medium-low heat, stirring until smooth and creamy.

Let come to low boil and continue stirring and cooking for about 5 minutes.

Add vanilla, stir again, and remove from heat.

Let mixture cool completely. (You can speed this up in fridge, but do not let it harden.)

While chocolate is cooling, whip (or blend) CCC, coconut oil and avocado in a mixing bowl (or blender), until creamy and smooth.

Add cooled chocolate mixture to avocado mixture and whip (or blend) again until very creamy and smooth, scraping sides as needed.

Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. Pour fudge into pan, spreading out evenly.

Chill fudge in fridge until firmly set (about an hour).

Cut into 2 inch squares. Serve.

Note: Keep stored in fridge.

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Coconut Shrimp with Pineapple Coconut Dipping Sauce

Coconut Shrimp with Pineapple Coconut Dipping Sauce
Coconut Shrimp with Pineapple Coconut Dipping Sauce
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Servings: 4: 5-6 shrimp per person, or great for an appetizer
Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Pineapple Coconut Dipping Sauce:

Coconut Shrimp:

  • 4 – 6 cups coconut oil
  • ½ pound large fresh wild caught shrimp; peeled, deveined, and butterflied (keep them covered with a wet paper towel while assembling other ingredients)
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose, coconut, or sprouted spelt flour (any combo will work)
  • 2 tablespoons whole cane sugar
  • ½ tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup coconut flakes

Place ¾ cup flour on a plate, place remaining ¾ cup flour in a bowl with sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Stir milk into flour mixture. Let rest for 5 minutes.

Combine panko and coconut on a plate.

Assemble shrimp, flour, flour/milk mixture, panko/coconut mixture.

Heat oil to 350° in a heavy pan, dredge butterflied shrimp in flour, dip in flour/milk mixture and cover with panko/coconut.

Set aside on parchment paper or plate until all shrimp are battered.

Place shrimp in oil, 6 at a time, for 2-3 minutes, turning once. Remove to wire rack or paper towels.

Continue until all shrimp are cooked.

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Summer’s Rainbow Pappardelle

Summer's Rainbow Pappardelle
Summer’s Rainbow Pappardelle
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Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 30 minutes

  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 1/2 pounds multicolored cherry tomatoes, halved (quartered if large)
  • 3 ears corn, shucked
  • 1 1/2 pounds medium zucchini
  • 8 to 9 ounces dried egg pappardelle
  • 1/4 pound sugar snap peas, strings discarded and peas halved diagonally
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 cup small basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chives, chopped

Bring an 8-quart pot of water to boil.

While the water is coming to boil, crush garlic through a press into a large bowl, add 1/2 teaspoon salt, stir together. Add vinegar, coconut oil, and 1 more teaspoon salt, toss to combine. Add tomatoes to the bowl, toss gently, set aside.

Cook the corn in boiling water for 4-6 minutes; remove with tongs and allow to cool.

Peel lengthwise ribbons from zucchini until you see seeds and rotate until you have peeled the entire zucchini. (Reserve seedy core of zucchini for use in a soup.) Set aside ribbons in a different bowl.

Cut cooled corn from cobs; add to tomatoes.

Cook the pasta until al dente. Just before its done, stir in zucchini ribbons and snap peas, cook 15 seconds. Drain and add pasta and peas to tomato mixture. Add onion (if using), then toss gently.

Now add herbs and toss gently again. Serve.

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Ginger Strawberry Grapefruit Smoothie

Ginger Strawberry Grapefruit Smoothie
Ginger Strawberry Grapefruit Smoothie
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Servings: yields three 1 3/4-cup servings
Preparation Time: 5 minutes

  • 1 grapefruit, peeled, skins removed, and seeded
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 honey crisp or pink lady apple, cored and sliced
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon coconut cream concentrate*

Prepare coconut cream concentrate, then add to the blender with all the other ingredients and pulse until smooth.

Serve with slices of fresh, tangy grapefruit.

Note: Leftover smoothie can be made into popsicles.

*Learn how to prepare coconut cream concentrate for use in a smoothie. Watch this video here.

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Tomato Basil and Feta Salad

Tomato Basil and Feta Salad
Tomato Basil and Feta Salad
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Servings: 8, 1 cup servings
Preparation Time: 15 minutes

  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 4 cups fresh tomatoes, sliced or chopped (cherry, roma, or heirloom)
  • 4 cups sliced cucumbers
  • 2 green or yellow bell peppers
  • 6 tablespoons feta cheese
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons coconut water vinegar
  • salt and ground pepper to taste

Roll basil leaves and cut into strips. In a large mixing bowl, combine basil, tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, and feta.

In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil and coconut water vinegar.

Drizzle dressing, add salt and pepper, and toss salad.

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Coconut Oil Baba Ghanouj Dip

Coconut Oil Baba Ghanouj Dip
Coconut Oil Baba Ghanouj Dip
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Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 1 hour

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 3 tablespoons Tahini
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Himalayan salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, for garnish
  • fresh or dried parsley flakes, for garnish

Preheat oven to 400° F.

Prick eggplant skin with fork or cut a shallow slit along the side of the eggplant (to prevent eggplant from exploding). Place eggplant on a baking dish in middle or top rack in oven, and cook until eggplant shrivels and is soft and mushy and skin is somewhat charred, about 40-50 minutes.

Once eggplant has cooled to touch, peel skin and scoop insides into a bowl and mash (with a fork or potato masher).

Add tahini, garlic, lemon juice, coconut oil, salt, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Mix well.

Scoop Coconut Oil Baba Ghanouj dip into a serving bowl and drizzle with olive oil and garnish with parsley. Serve with warm flatbread or enjoy with freshly sliced vegetables, like cucumber, bell peppers, or carrots.

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Don’t Matcha Me Blue Smoothie

Don't Matcha Me Blue Smoothie
Don’t Matcha Me Blue Smoothie
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Servings: 1
Preparation Time: 5 minutes

  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla or plain protein powder
  • 2 teaspoons matcha powder
  • honey to taste
  • 1 pump vanilla syrup, optional

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender and serve.

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Gluten Free Oh “Hoppy” Day Carrot Cookies

Gluten Free Oh Hoppy Day Carrot Cookies
Gluten Free Oh “Hoppy” Day Carrot Cookies
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Servings: 7-10
Preparation Time: 25 minutes

Preheat your oven to 360° F.

Combine all ingredients into a bowl and stir together.

Flatten batter out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cut bunny shapes with cookie cutters.

Bake cookies for 10 – 15 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.

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